Trivia / Gigli

  • Box Office Bomb: Famously so, costing nearly $76 million to produce (it was produced by a company with a nasty habit of grossly understating its productions’ budgets) and recouping less than a tenth of that — $7,266,209. Notably, its first-to-second-week market share dropped by a wooping 89%.
  • Creator Killer: For Martin Brest. He made several successful films in the '80s and '90s, such as Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run and Scent of a Woman. Since Gigli, he hasn't directed another film.
  • Executive Meddling: The film started out as a straight mob movie. However, Columbia insisted upon changing it once "Bennifer" became the biggest tabloid story of 2002–03.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: See above.
  • Old Shame: Kevin Smith likes to tell stories about how, whenever he and Ben Affleck are playfully ribbing one another, all Smith has to say to end the conversation is Gigli.
  • Romance on the Set: Affleck and Lopez started a well-publicized fling during this. And said tabloid overkill is certainly one reason audiences didn't care about this movie.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Narrowly averted by Ben Affleck, though the combination of this with his roles in Daredevil and Paycheck that same year served to mark the low point of his career prior to his Career Resurrection of the late 2000s.
  • Troubled Production: While it wasn't as troubled as some of the other productions here, at least not during the early stages. The script was rewritten from a straightforward mob movie to a romantic comedy in order to take advantage of the "Bennifer" media circus surrounding the Romance on the Set between the film's leads, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Martin Brest, the director, had no problem with this — after all, he'd made Beverly Hills Cop a hit under similar circumstances. And there were no reports of strife on the set. Things blew up between Brest and the studio during post-production, though, as they fought for a long time over the final film. It was roundly panned as one of the worst films ever when finally releasednote , and Brest, a fine comic director with Going In Style and Midnight Run also to his credit, has not made another film since.
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